It’s a feast day like no other, a celebration marking the 17th March, every year across the globe. Saint Patrick’s Day is a momentous occasion not only throughout Ireland, but through towns, villages, cities, offices, schools, churches and homes, decorated in a sea of green across every nation around the world. The actual feast day commemorates the death date of Saint Patrick- the patron saint of Ireland. It’s a day of celebration regarding Irish pride, heritage and culture in the means of parades, festivals and gatherings across the globe. More importantly, the day celebrates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. Traditionally, it is customary to wear shamrocks on Saint Patrick’s Day, including green clothing and accessories. Many people dress up as Leprechauns; a fictitious character from Irish folklore. They’re depicted as lucky bearded men that possess pots of gold at the end of their rainbows- who grant three wishes in exchange of their freedom.
Regarding the shamrock- or 3 leaf clover as many like to refer to it, Saint Patrick is said to have used it to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish during the 1700’s. Today, the shamrock has an incredible, sentimental significance with the foundation of Ireland itself.
Last year, the staff of Acropolis Funerals hosted a morning tea at St. Basil’s Aged Care, Lakemba to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the staff and residents of the facility. It was such a wonderful day spent celebrating the holiday with music and laughter.
Did you know?
– Since the 1700’s- approximately 400,000 Irish people have settled in Australia
– In 2007- Ireland recorded 40 straight days of rain
– The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon
– The Titanic was built in Belfast, Ireland
– It is believed that Ireland could possess the oldest pub in the world. The drinking spot is believed to have been in existence since 900Ad…
– It is believed that Irish author Bram Stoker, best known for his gothic novel Dracula- was initially inspired by the Irish legend of Abhartach. The Abhartach was a legendary Irish vampire that would drink the blood of humans to survive. Bram found this tale fascinating and hence rose to fame in 1897 when he wrote one of the world’s most famous gothic horror novels- ‘Dracula’…
– Ireland has won Eurovision 7 times- making it the most successful competitor of the annual song contest since 1956!